If you’re going shopping, then there’s something to add to your list. Yogurt. After my last post on my mango and yogurt breakfast, I got a lot of questions about the yogurt I used.
In case you’re wondering, all yogurts are not created equal, it’s not everything that is packaged and labeled yogurt that is truly yogurt.
When it comes to yogurt in Nigeria what you see is not what you get. All that claims to be yogurt is not yogurt. Some are just corn starch, sour flavor, milk flavor and gelatin.
Real yogurt must contains probiotics; live active culture to help regulate your digestion and strengthen your immune system. It helps prevent constipation and belly bloating. So yes, it helps in reducing belly fat, but, only when you combine it with other healthy lifestyle changes.
The protein in yogurt is not only good for post workout recovery but essential if you want to repair your tissue after exercise and to build muscle.
Before I give you my 3 favorite yogurts, here’s what you should look out for in a yogurt:
Does this yogurt stay in plastic containers or tetra pak out in the sun or in a shelf in a store without a controlled cold temperature, all day, week and sometimes 1 month or 2 months?
Does it maintain a cold chain – Packed and transported in refrigerated trucks and taken to malls with constant power supply and kept in controlled cold temperature till consumption?
What does the label say – Milk flavor, corn starch, gelatin and sour flavor?
Does it have milk and live active culture?
I chose these 3 yogurts because they passed the 4 most important test for me:
- They have live active cultures
- They maintain a cold chain from manufacturer to mall where it is stored in a cold and controlled space
- They contain milk.
- The nutritional content is right for me
Most yogurts that pass these 3 checks are always a little bit more costly. Some brands have also built a name and reputation of making quality yogurts and maybe more costly.
Here’s the 3 yogurt I use , I chose them based on their nutritional content, the above checklist and my taste bud.
Rev up Yogurt ( that’s what I used for my mango and yogurt breakfast)
Its low in sugar and fat. It has a very smooth, creamy and rich texture. If you don’t like the low sugar taste, you can always add banana. I used mango.
Dolait Yogurt (I drink this after my workout)
It comes with a straw so you can stash it inside your bag and drink on the go. I also use it for my smoothie and for my son’s school lunch.
Farmfresh (Try the vanilla)
I love the vanilla flavor with its creamy, silky and rich taste. I use it for my smoothie and as my pick me up when I’m running low on energy and need something to drink fast, especially during a photo shoot. It also comes in strawberry flavor.
So there you have it in no particular order.
Here’s the 4 quick checklist again
- Live active culture
- Cold chain
- And nutritional content
Can’t find your favorite in the list? Give me a shout out by commenting below and telling me name of your Favorite yogurt. I’ll check it out and if it meets my checklist, it will make my next list.